If you are a foodie, then get your taste buds ready to enjoy the Launceston festival (starting this Friday 29 April until Sunday 8 May), where we are celebrating Launceston’s title as the newest UNESCO City of Gastronomy (that’s food and wine to you) and as Wotif’s 2022 Best Town to Visit in Australia!
Start your Saturday with a breakfast coffee and roll while you connect with locals and meet the farmers producing Tasmania’s freshest seasonal produce: hormone-free meat, organic dairy, artisan bread and pastries, cool-climate wines, artisan ciders and blushing autumn apples.
FUN FOR ADULTS
The wine, cider, beer and snacks continue all afternoon and evening accompanied by a free music festival including the Tasmanian Leather Orchestra, the Tim Gleeson Celtic trio and Susanna Coleman-Brown. Grab a glass of something, kick back, enjoy the music and connect with friends while the kids are having fun!
FUN FOR KIDS
The team at Rascalrobot Art Space have got loads of free fun for your kids. They’ll make painted masks, create giant bubbles, play improvised music and do unexpected things with balloons – all under trained adult supervision! The afternoon ends with a Remade March led by Interweave Arts with kids invited to wear their favourite film character costumes.
POP UP CINEMA
On 30th April enjoy Once, a modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin and on the 7th May we screen Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a local scientist invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky.
SPEAK OUT AT THE CREATIVE CITY OF GASTRONOMY CONFERENCE & THEN ENJOY A LONG LUNCH LAUNNIE-STYLE
Sunday, 1 May
Peppers Silo Hotel, Grain Restaurant, 89 Lindsay Street, Invermay
Start the day at 9.15 am at Peppers Silos Hotel for a three-hour discussion of the features of the local food systems that convinced UNESCO to confer the Creative City of Gastronomy title on Launceston and the region. Hear the experiences of getting this award from Bendigo, Ostersund and other Cities of Gastronomy. Get the views of local artisanal producers like Meru Miso. Hear ideas for making this an internationally famous City of Gastronomy then give YOUR thoughts on how this title can be used to further enhance this region and its consumers. A must for anyone interested in food and beverages and the potential this award offers! These ideas will be recorded and turned into action.
Then join us at 1pm to taste the best of seasonal produce and local wines, presented by the award-winning chefs at Peppers Silo Hotel’s Grain Restaurant.
First course: marinated zucchini, stracciatella, green pesto, roasted koji (v, gf); king tiger prawn, gochujang emulsion, lettuce; wood fired quail, saffron fennel jam, macadamia cream (gf, df)
Second course: market fish, burnt leek, potato cream, dashi buttermilk (gf); lamb rump, garlic yogurt, wilted greens, chimichurri, jus (gf); Sides: salad leaves, tomato, cucumber, oregano, lemon dressing (v, gf, df)
Dessert: baked plums, ricotta cream, bitter chocolate, almond crunch; apple tarte tatin, vanilla bean ice cream
SO MANY REASONS TO VISIT LAUNCESTON AND TAMAR VALLEY
Fun facts! Most people who visit Tasmania’s Tamar Valley and Launceston for the BOFA Film Festival tend to stay on 3-4 days longer because there is so much to do…. OR else curse their bad planning for not doing so!
For example, did you know that the Tamar Valley Wine Route is called “One of the Top 10 Wine Routes in the World” by Essential Travel magazine (UK)? Did you know that Launceston is on the confluence of THREE rivers – and Tamar River Cruises will give you a complimentary glass of wine to enjoy it as you cruise in style? And did you know that icons like Cradle Mountain and Hobart’s MONA Museum are only a couple of hours drive away?